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M.B Spares & Service
14 Lyell st Fyshwick ACT 2609 Ph 02 6239 1099
Newsletter Number 6
Hello again. Lots more interesting info this week. Firstly, we are happy to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy to Scott. Scott is our suspension and brake specialist mechanic. His wife and son are doing well.
New E200K announced.
Daimler-Chrysler Asia Pacific (DCAP)has announced a new model to the E class line up. The E200 introduces a new high tech, high-efficiency supercharged engine that is destined to play a major role in its Australian operations.
The new E 200 Kompressor has (as its name suggests) a supercharged 120kW four-cylinder powerplant. The value-oriented E 200K Classic becomes the entry-level for Mercedes' E-class range priced at $79,500. Have a look here for a complete copy of the recent press release by DCAP detailing the new model. Also there is a run down on the rest of the E class line up. This is a huge artical so go and make a cup of coffee before you start to read it.
Do you have your Data Card? Not sure what a data card is? Have a look at this site for an explanation. They are not essential but are a handy thing to have with you car. Owners of Classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles can apply to the Classic Centre for a copy of the original data card for there car. It takes about a month for it to arrive after you request it. Here are the details of where to send your request.
Herr S. Roehrig
Cars for sale.
We have sold the 380SLC this week. The 560SEL has been to the detailers and came back almost looking like a new car! (if I was a true used car salesman I would have omitted the word "almost") Below is a picture of the 450SL that we have for sale.
Here is a list of out current stock list.
280SE 1983 $12990.00
280E 1979 $6990.00
560SEL 1986 $23990.00
450SL 1979 $25990.00
380SEC 1983 $22500.00
280SEL 1985 $11990.00
600SEL 1992 $89900.00
Check out our cars for sale here.
Site of the week.
Have a look here, maybe some of you checked this out from our links page mentioned in the last newsletter. The 560SEC was the biggest and best version produced in the C126 range made from 1982-9. Make sure you check out the crash pictures of "Bucks car" This is one hard hit! The passenger safety cell is perfect. This is especially obvious in the shots of the back of the car, the rear windscreen is not broken! For a laugh you could look at the "Freak show". The one that has a Corvette style front is real strange. Surely if you want a Corvette you buy a Corvette?
Special of the week.
After the huge response we have decided to rerun the special from last week. It will only be valid until Thursday the 31st. Here is a copy of the special from the last newsletter.
This week we have a huge special for our newsletter list only. All of the following shockabsorbers have been reduced from $129.00 to $97.90.
W110, W111, W108 front and rear.
W114, W115 front and rear.
W116, W126 front and rear (std version).
W123 front and rear (std version)
And now the big one. We have brought a limited number of rear ride level struts to suit the W123, W116 and W126 sedan. These are normally $320.00 each and will be on special for $247.50 until sold out. If you have a leaky one now is the time to replace it. These sell for over $450.00 at the Mercedes dealers!
These shockabsorbers are genuine SACHS units as supplied to Mercedes-Benz. Prices are each, not pair. Prices valid until the 31st of August or until sold out. Price doesn't include fitting.
Joke of the week.
This week supplied by Ian Marshall who I might point out is a Melbournian.
BASIC RULES FOR DRIVING IN MELBOURNE
1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A real Melbourne driver
never uses them.
2. Under no circumstances should you leave a safe distance between
you and the car in front of you, or somebody else will fill in that
space putting you in an even more dangerous situation.
3. Crossing two or more lanes in a single lane-change is considered
"going with the flow."
4. The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance
you have of getting hit.
5. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork.
The other guy doesn't have anything to lose.
6. Braking is to be done as hard and as late as possible to ensure that
your ABS kicks in, giving a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake
pedal pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch
7. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as suggestions and
are apparently not enforceable in the metro area during rush hour.
8. Please remember that there is no such thing as a shortcut during
rush-hour traffic in Melbourne.
9. Always slow down and rubber-neck when you see an accident or
even someone changing a tire.
10. Everybody thinks their vehicle is better than yours, especially
11. Learn to swerve abruptly. Melbourne is the home of High-Speed
Slalom Driving thanks to VicRoads, which puts potholes in key locations
to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.
12. It is traditional in Melbourne to honk your horn at cars that don't
move the instant the light changes.
13. Seeking eye contact with another driver revokes your right of way.
14. Never take a green light at face value. Always look right and left
15. Remember that the goal of every Melbourne driver is to get there
first, by whatever means necessary.
16. Real Melbourne women drivers can put on pantyhose and apply
eye makeup at 75 k/ph in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
17. Real Melbourne men drivers can remove pantyhose and a bra at
75k/ph in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
18. Heavy fog and rain are no reasons to change any of the previously
listed rules. These weather conditions are God's way ensuring a natural
selection process for body shops, junkyards, and new vehicle sales.
19. There is a common held belief in Melbourne that high speed
tailgating in heavy traffic reduces petrol consumption as you get
sucked along in the slipstream of the car in front.
20. It's OK to cut off fully loaded semi-trailers, road trains and buses
because they have brakes.
21. It is an essential duty of the driver to preserve the life of his passengers.
Hence no matter how much of an inconvenience it may be,always find a
detour around Chapel Street.
22. Always anticipate oncoming traffic while driving down a one
23. It's OK when driving in Melbourne's Western suburbs to air your
grievances at bad drivers by giving the "one finger salute" while screaming
out "ar#eh@&e". But it is imperative you are driving a turbo charged 5
litre V8 with a crow bar in your lap.